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NY residents oppose cooldrink ban

2012-06-05 10:08

New York - About half of New Yorkers say Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 480ml from the city's eateries is an example of government going too far, while 42% say it would be good health policy, according to a poll.

Of the 500 adults surveyed Sunday for the NY1-Marist poll, 53% said the proposal is a bad idea, while 42% praised the concept -which would make New York the first American city to so directly attempt to limit portion sizes in an attempt to fight obesity.

Forty-five percent of those polled said they think the ban would help people lose weight, while 52% said it wouldn't make a difference. More than half the people surveyed said they never order a sugary drink large enough to be banned.

The pollsters contacted people at random on cellphones and land lines on Sunday. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Last week, Bloomberg proposed limiting portion sizes of sugary drinks to 480ml at the city's restaurants, delis, food trucks, movie theatres and sporting arenas.

'Nanny state'

Regular soda and sports drinks would be affected, while diet sodas wouldn't. Any drink that's more than half milk or more than 70% juice would be exempt.

Grocery stores and many convenience stores are regulated by the state and wouldn't be impacted.

Marc La Vorgna, a spokesperson for Bloomberg, said the poll showed New Yorkers weren't overwhelmingly set against the proposal.

"We didn't propose it because we thought it would be popular, but it should come as no surprise that the numbers are so close since New Yorkers always have had an openness to bold ideas when taking on intractable problems," he said in a statement.

The ban has been denounced by the soft-drink industry and critics who accuse the mayor of trying to institute a "nanny state" rather than allowing individuals to make their own choices.

It's expected to win the approval of the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health and take effect as early as March.

Comments
  • badballie - 2012-06-05 10:32

    The US government started moving away from the pillars of Liberty in the 1940's, the US government and laws of today would not be recognized by the signatories of the American Constitution as those they promoted. The loss of civil liberties as well as the declaration of all US soil as a war zone, has stripped citizens of their most basic rights and freedoms. Of course the US has plans for world domination in terms of their new world order and universal government at any cost, as proven by statements such as; "We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The question is only whether world government will be achieved by consent or by conquest." - James Warburg (Rothschild Banking Agent 1950) "We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." - David Rockefeller "The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is the American Branch of a society which originated in England ... (and) ... believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established." - Carroll Quigley, Professor of History Georgetown University, in his book "Tragedy and Hope".

      zaatheist - 2012-06-05 12:06

      Oh dear, a conspiracy theorist. If it is not the Jews, the Illuminati, the Masons, the bankers, the lizard people then it is now a mixture of them all. Silly stuff and nonsense.

  • Holdanigono - 2012-06-05 12:26

    ITs not a ban. It is only restrictive measures to limit portions. Anyone who drinks that much fizzy drinks has a real problem anyways- I think the mayor is doing a good thing. Who really drinks more than 480mls a portion anyways?

      zaatheist - 2012-06-05 13:08

      Agreed. The US has a huge obesity problem. Jumbo this, jumbo that means jumbo people.

  • spinnick7 - 2012-06-05 13:47

    When was the last time you were in USA? If you order the upsize at Macs you get 1 gallon of it (usually coke)and it is bottomless - together with the rest of the stuff. I could not make a dent in it although the locals went for topups. So yes they over indulge - it is amazing to see the amount of food they can get down in one go - this results in poeple being of sick bla bla bla - and in the end affecting the economy. Nothing weird about it if 1 person order 3 BigMacs , sit down and gulp all of it down.

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